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Plaza San Martin, Lima

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Landmark Tourist Spot
The centerpiece of the World Heritage-listed city center, Plaza San Martin boasts monumental architecture and a central monument erected in honor of national hero Jose de San Martin. Designed to commemorate a century of Peruvian independence, the plaza features nicely presented gardens linking up various monuments with San Martin's central statue. The Baroque look of the surrounding buildings is in keeping with the Neocolonial style of the plaza itself, with grand structures cornering off the public space. Our Lima trip itinerary builder makes visiting Plaza San Martin and other Lima attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is a nice plaza full of mature trees and park benches. Makes a great start or end point. We had our taxi dropped us off here to start our walking tour through Old Town Lima. It honors the indepen...  more »
  • Honoring one of the heros of Peru, this plaza is in the middle of Lima with lots of shops and things to do around it. Most notably the Gran Bolivar Hotel - just pop in a see the original registration ...  more »
  • This plaza is worth a drive through for the wonderful architecture of the colossal buildings. If you stop to walk around , see if you can find the llama on the central statue and check out its story. ...  more »
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  • Plaza San Martín is a modest town square comprising green areas, paths, statues and a fountain. It has been laid out to discourage passing through it diagonally as a short-cut, with the main entrances being mid-way along the block. It's a pleasant enough space to spend a few minutes, or to eat lunch on a park bench, but it's not really an attraction in itself. The plaza is surrounded by grand old buildings.
  • Truly incredible and grand colonial architecture with beautiful lighting at night. Bustling activity throughout the day. A definite stop for touring lima. Very close to other stunning buildings and the presidential palace. Easy taxi service around the clock. Security is always close but barely noticeable. Safe feeling all day and night. Big your camera.
  • 2nd Important square in Lima downtown, safe place to walk around, but no more than 7pm, these place is the beginning of any demonstrations​,so if you see some of them it would be better to keep away
  • Cool place to check out while you're in Lima. Really interesting architecture and plenty of cheap food around. Expect cool lights at dusk!
  • A nice sightseeing spot by day, lots of local shops for souvenirs, chariot trips and more. It does get usually crowded by weekends. But is mostly free any other day.